The windows of a city building are at once identical and unique. In their form
they are indistinguishable from each other, yet their reflections of what is
outside – and inside – may be infinitely varied. The inhabitants too are
individuals, yet from the outside are indistinguishable.
32-1⁄2” W x 40” H
Machine pieced and appliquéd, hand appliquéd, fused,
Thread sketching (for leaf veins), pencil (for shadows),
dimensional rose and vase
Cotton fabrics, cotton batting.
I was intrigued by the repetition of the building’s windows, enhanced by their
unusual perspective. The architecture of such a building reflects upon its
environment, both figuratively and literally.
We can see our domain in microcosm in how such a building fits in its
environment. Has concrete and glass replaced leaf and sky, or does nature
still exist in the city, barely peripheral to our field of vision?
The windows were “built” using a paper-piecing technique, and mostly machine-pieced or satin-stitched,
except for one extending piece over each window which was hand-appliquéd. The flower in the vase
Windows based on a photograph of a Chicago building by Santi Visalli – with the
photographer’s gracious permission. The outer frame is based on a window in my own studio.
The rose templates are from Elly Sienkiewicz’s book,